THIS is a really strong midweek Sandown program with nine interesting races. Tough Quaddie to sort out as well so let’s get to it:
$40,000 SHEAMUS MILLS BLOODSTOCK HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ESPERENCE; 2 Indernile; 6 Spirit Of Aquada; 8 Baduzzi.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 BADUZZI.
SUGGESTED BET: Anchor ESPERENCE in multiple/exotic bets.
ESPERENCE was a stunning 8-length winner on debut at Echuca late July. If reproduces that will be winning again. INDERNILE has some serious form in very good races, including a 4th in Listed Redoute’s Choice, Caulfield. Chance fresh. SPIRIT OF AQUADA has been placed 2 of 3, latest 2nd Sale was handy run. Place claims at least again.
$40,000 CHANDLER MACLEOD HANDICAP. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 NACAR; 2 Jaws Of Steel; 5 Cannot Be Serios; 1 Don’t Get Excited.
BEST ROUGHIE: 6 PRAESENTIA.
SUGGESTED BET: NACAR to win.
NACAR is a former German-bred import, won with ridiculous ease in weak race last time. Looks to have real upside, the one to beat again. JAWS OF STEEL caught the eye last time over 1200m when charging late, 5th Written Era, Sandown. Go well this trip. CANNOT BE SERIOS was very good 2nd Intrigo, Sandown last time. Genuine winning claims here.
$27,000 CHEF’S HAT MAIDEN PLATE. 1300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 13 YUE FEI; 12 Wassergeist; 9 Aberro; 11 Nations.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 GIVE.
SUGGESTED BET: YUE FEI each-way.
YUE FEI was spelled after running in G2 Sires Produce, Flemington, resumed and ran very well 3rd Angelic Spirit, Sale. This trip ideal, gate 1, fitter. WASSERGEIST is a blue-blood Fastnet Rock colt ran favourite on debut when good 5th Sandown. Fitter, this looks ideal, go well. ABERRO hasn’t raced since 5.6-length G1 Champagne, Randwick. Trial winner into this, run very well.
$40,000 SPICER THOROUGHBREDS HANDICAP. 1300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 PROSECUTION; 2 Angelic Spirit; 8 Judy In Disguise; 5 Regina Del Nilo.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 REGINA DEL NILO.
SUGGESTED BET: PROSECUTION each-way.
PROSECUTION was second-up at Sandown when 5th of 6 when very plain, that followed impressive Ballarat win. Fitter now, forgive that run, go close on previous form. ANGELIC SPIRIT was impressive on debut when won Sale maiden when favourite. That looks good form, hard to beat again. JUDY IN DISGUISE was heavily backed on debut, in astute hands, very well bred and worth another chance.
$40,000 MOOROOKYLE PARK HANDICAP. 2100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 7 BLAZERS; 6 Street Spun; 1 Maraudamiss; 3 Crafty Devil.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 REIGNING IN PARIS.
SUGGESTED BET: BLAZERS each-way.
BLAZERS ran favourite when easy Ballarat Maiden winner before 2nd Sandown Galileo’s Pearl last time. Hard to beat again. STREET SPUN ran 2nd here two runs back before close 6th Kiwia, Caulfield in Saturday grade race. Strong claims. MARAUDAMISS is a tough mare, clever claim helps here. Past two runs Rosehill and Sandown have both been OK. Chance.
$40,000 LE PINE FUNERALS HANDICAP. 2400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 UBIN THUNDERSTRUCK; 5 Sacred Theme; 10 High Lago; 9 Diamond Grace.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 ASHKANND.
SUGGESTED BET: UBIN THUNDERSTRUCK to win.
UBIN THUNDERSTRUCK looked like a very serious horse two runs back when 8-length winner. Forgive last start heavy ground 4th Swan Hill. Looks the one to beat. SACRED THEME is racing well, likes it here won well here two runs back then strong 2nd again this venue last start. HIGH LAGO and DIAMOND GRACE are both racing well and have each-way claims.
$35,000 CLANBROOKE RACING HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 12 TROJAN STORM; 10 Heza Magic Man; 3 Boss Coni; 1 Chavuma.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 DRY BISCUIT.
SUGGESTED BET: TROJAN STORM each-way.
TROJAN STORM followed third in a maiden here before strong Geelong Maiden win last time. Genuine claims. HEZA MAGIC MAN has honest form, good effort last time when led and 2nd Sale. Respect. BOSS CONI is nicely drawn and ready to run a race while CHAVUMA has the ability, big weight an issue.
$40,000 WIN A CAR AT HIGHWAYS. 1300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 PRINCESS OF QUEENS; 1 Funloving; 3 Smokin’ Bella; 11 Groovin’.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 WHITE HOUSE LADY.
SUGGESTED BET: PRINCESS OF QUEENS to win.
PRINCESS OF QUEENS followed Caulfield 2nd behind Unique Lovely with 3rd Swampland Flemington. That form looks clearly better than the rest here. FUNLOVING is a NSW raider with Waterhouse/Bott, form is very strong, has big weight but earned it. SMOKIN’ BELLA is also in good form and has solid claims.
$35,000 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 14 BONUS D’ORO; 6 Mutin; 4 Fast ‘N’ Rolling; 3 Best Hoffa.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 DINNER LAKE.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 2 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 14.
BONUS D’ORO is an improver with Weir, ran 2nd Mildura maiden before easy winner same venue. This rise in grade but she has upside and worth thought. MUTIN is worth a lot of thought first-up. Has very good form in handy races. FAST ‘N’ ROLLING and BEST HOFFA are others in a tough race with claims.